Q. and A.: Michael Tien on Why He Thinks Occupy Central Is a Mistake

Michael Forsythe | 24 June 2014 | New York Times

Hong Kong democracy activists and many “pan-democratic” lawmakers are pushing for new rules for the 2017 election for the territory’s leader, the chief executive, under which any candidate who collects a certain number of signatures can get on the ballot. In the face of opposition from the central government in Beijing, they’re putting their support to the test this month, conducting an informal referendum to gauge public support. So far more than 730,000 votes have been cast in the 10-day poll, and its organizers have vowed to occupy Hong Kong’s central business district in protest if Beijing insists on an electoral system that limits the ballot to its approved candidates.

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